Build Your Own Class
We know your schedule doesn't always align with ours, this section is the remedy to that. If any of the following classes are of interest, please call or email us and we will try to arrange a class time that fits into both your schedule and ours. We encourage groups of 10 people or more for "building your own class"... if this isn't possible please don't be discouraged, contact us anyway with your interest and we will try to make it happen! On the farm we live seasonally, this dictates when we can hold some classes... if a certain class has seasonal constrictions it will be noted in the class description.
Yoga Claire Orner, national Yoga Fit certified instructor, will lead you in the Hatha Yoga technique, a tranquil workout, designed for mainstream enthusiasts. $15 per session
Aromatherapy Class: Come discover the healing properties of 25 essential oils. This hands-on class will immerse you with the understanding of how these oils are distilled, how they are used, how they heal, and how they are applied. You will go home with new knowledge and a massage oil that you blend specific to your needs. The class offers handouts, herbal refreshments, essential oil materials, and a relaxing time and the Fee is $50.
Herbal Soap Making Soft, smooth and natural—Rusty shows you how to make soap from scratch. Mold, cut, scent and color soap. Take home 1 bar and Rusty's booklet. Class Fee: $50
Introduction to Nutritional Healing Seminar: GAPS Diet
Gut flora is something we do not think much about. And yet the number of functions the gut flora fulfils is so vital for us that if some day our digestive tract got sterilized we probably would not survive. If a person does not acquire normal balanced gut flora at birth, then the person will not digest and absorb foods properly, developing multiple nutritional deficiencies. And that is what we commonly see in children and adults with learning disabilities, psychiatric problems and allergies. Many of these patients are malnourished. The list of nutritional deficiencies includes some most important nutrients for normal development and function of the child’s brain, immune system and the rest of the body.
That is why Dr. Campbell-McBride has grouped these disorders together and gave them a name: the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAP Syndrome). The GAPS children and adults can present with symptoms of autism, ADHD, ADD, OCD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, schizophrenia, depression, sleep disorders, allergies, asthma and eczema in any possible combination. These are the patients who fall in the gap in our medical knowledge. Any child or adult with a learning disability, neurological or psychiatric problems should be thoroughly examined for a compromised gut. Re-establishing normal gut flora and treating the digestive system of the patient has to be the number one treatment for these disorders.
This Introduction to Nutritional Healing Seminar will lead you and your loved ones on a healing journey. The six-week seminar will include the following:
1.Introduction to the GAPS Healing Protocol
2.Making Bone Broths
3.Healing with Good Fats
4.Making Yogurt and Kefir
5.Making Fermented Vegetables: Sauerkraut and/or Kim Chi
6.Healing with Gluten Free Alternatives
Each class will be held at Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living and led by a GAPS Educational Practitioners, Claire and Rusty Orner, teaching you how to make each of the healing and nutritional components. In class you will sample GAPS-friendly foods and learn how to prepare them, to preserve them, and to understand how these foods heal your overall health.
Seminar Fee: $250 including the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS™) - Natural treatment for autism, ADHD/ADD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression and schizophrenia
Environmental Choices Students participate in activities applying their understanding of how their actions can enhance or hinder the environment. Choose one topic. Class Fee $50
1. Intro to Environmental Choices
2. Soil Food Web
3. Worm Composting
4. Integrated Pest Management in the Garden
5. Water Conservation in the Garden
6. Lasagna Gardening
7. Household Cleaning Alternatives
8. Integrated Pest Management in the Home
9. Water and Energy Conservation in the Home
10. Eating Organic Foods
11. Eco-Friendly Products for the Home
Lose Weight with Whole Foods
Learn ten basic suggestions using Whole Foods, participate in Whole Food cooking demonstrations and have a Whole Foods sit-down meal at each session. Class Fee: $50 per session
Pre-Menopausal Women’s Herbs
Claire Orner from Quiet Creek Herb Farm shares with you the medicinal herbs used to heal and nourish pre-menopausal women’s cyclical changes and the time-honored herbal remedies to restore wholeness to women’s bodies. Take home an herbal infusion, a tincture, and an herb plant to help lessen pre-menopausal symptoms. Class Fee: $50
Menopausal Women’s Herbs
Claire Orner from Quiet Creek Herb Farm shares with you the medicinal herbs used to heal and nourish menopausal women’s cyclical changes and the time-honored herbal remedies to restore wholeness to women’s bodies. Take home a decoction, a salve, and an herbal plant to help lessen menopausal symptoms.
Class Fee: $50
Children’s Herbal Health
Come and explore herbal ways to heal and nourish children. Learn time-honored herbal remedies to restore wholeness to our youth. Take home tea, salve, recipes and plant. Class Fee: $50
Cooking with Basil
Taste basil like never before! Learn how to grow, prepare and store basil. Taste many different kinds of basil and delicious appetizers, entrees and dessert made with versatile, aromatic herb. Take home a full stomach, plant and recipes. Class Fee: $50
Cooking with Herbs
Explore the sweets and sours, the spice and the nice flavors of over two dozen herbs from appetizers to dessert. You won’t go home hungry after this class! You’ll also receive recipes and an herb plant to cook from.
Class Fee: $50
Foraging for Wild Edibles
Trample through the woods and meadows of Quiet Creek identifying and harvesting nutritious and appetizing wild herbs. When you return, sit down and enjoy a delicious meal with the healthful ingredients. Bring hiking shoes and wear rain/shine clothing. Class Fee: $85
High Tea Party
Sample herbal teas and finger foods while learning the therapeutic uses of many healing herbs. Class Fee: $50
Women’s Health Care
Come and explore herbal ways to heal and nourish women. Learn time-honored herbal remedies to restore wholeness to our bodies. Take home tea, salve, recipes and plant. Class Fee: $50
Kid’s Camp -- Have a Herbalicious Week
Let your child(ren) get back to the basics of the earth and nature’s goodness by discovering the phenomenal quality of herbs at Quiet Creek Herb Farm. To start off the week, your child will learn how to identify herb plants by their interesting smell and texture, make bars of herbal soap, manufacture herbal tea bags, stir-up herbal bread and butter, and concoct herbal salves. By the end of the week your child will be ready to celebrate his/her success by enjoying an herbal picnic with their new friends. Each day he/she will take home an herbal gift and know-how. Be sure kids are dressed according the weather. Class Fee: $100 half day -5 sessions
Kid’s Camp -- Outdoor Survival Skills
Have child(ren) discover and learn the survival skills of the great outdoors at Quiet Creek Herb Farm. She/he will spend time in the woods learning orienteering skills, identifying wild plants and their uses, creating a first aid kit from Mother Nature, building a durable shelter and starting a fire from scratch. By the end of the week children will be able to survive on their own and be in sync with the earth. Be sure kids are dressed according the weather. Class Fee: $100 half day- 5 sessions
Come learn about the herbs that will put your children’s tears to rest. They are easy to grow and easy to use. Take home two plants and an herbal salve. Class Fee: $50
Cold & Flu Herbs
Come learn about the herbs that will lessen cold and flu symptoms. They are easy to grow and to make into useable remedies for adults and children. Take home your creations: a tincture, herbal salve, and tea bags.
Class Fee: $50
Come experience a culinary adventure created and served to you and to your friends by a local chef. You will go home with a full stomach, great memories and lots of recipes. Class Fee:$50
Finger Licking Herbs
Come discover the Finger Licking Herbs that your family will love to eat. You will go home with a full stomach, great memories, herb mixes, and lots of recipes. Class Fee: $50
Come learn about the herbs that will lessen headaches from tension to hormone changes. These herbs are easy to grow and to make into useable remedies for adults and children. Take home your creations. Class Fee:$50
Come learn about the herbs that will cure your sweet tooth. They are easy to grow and to make into delicious snacks for adults and children. Take home plants and recipes. Class Fee: $50
Heart Smart Herbs
Come learn about the herbs that will help build a strong heart. They are easy to grow and to make into useable tonics for your heart. Take home plants and herbal remedies. Class Fee: $50
Come learn about the herbs that will flavor your meals luscious lemon. They are easy to grow and to make into delicious meals. Take home plants and recipes. Class Fee:$50 June - September
Come learn about the edible flowers that will enhance your meals and vitality. They are easy to grow and to make into delicious meals. Take home plants and recipes. Class Fee: $50 July - September
Cooking with Stevia You will learn about the wonderful sweet herb – Stevia on how to grow, harvest and cook delicious four course meals. Take home plants and recipes. Class Fee: $50 June - September
You will learn about the culinary and therapeutic herbs used to make teas. Come discover how to grow, harvest and to blend teas for many uses. Take home plants and recipes. Class Fee: $50
Come learn about ginseng that will enhance your health. Discover how to grow, harvest and to make herbal remedies using this herb. Take home root and recipes. Class Fee: $50 August – October
Garlic Cooking Feast
Come discover the attributes and quality of garlic by enjoying a five-course meal. Go home with a full stomach and lots of recipes. Class Fee: $50 July - December
This class provides you with the know-how for blending organic herbs to create delicious mixes that to can be added to butter, cream cheese, meatloaf, fish, and many more. Go home with recipes and ready mixes to enjoy or give as gifts. Class Fee: $50
Herbal Gifts for the Holidays
Learn how to make herbal holiday gifts: eye pillows, potpourri, and sachets. Go home with recipes and gifts for your friends and family. Class Fee: $50
Health and Nutritional Seminars: Choose one or all twelve. Be sure to nibble on the good-for-you goodies in every session. Class Fee: $50 per session
- Whole Foods: Discover the nutritional value of foods in their simplest form.
- Trendy Diets: Come and discuss the pros and cons of the latest dieting techniques – Atkins, South Beach, Sommers, etc.
- Free Range Meats: Learn why people are turning back to basics and eating wild, free-range, chemical-free meats.
- Genetically Modified Foods: Do Franken foods really exist? Come discover what the FDA won’t tell you, just ask the Europeans.
- Fermented Foods: Uncomfortable with how you’re feeling, nutritionally speaking? Discover how to add simple foods that will enhance your body ecology for better health.
- Fats & Oils: Come discover the skinny on the importance of the “right” fats and oils.
- Salt Free Cooking: Concerned about too much of the wrong kind of salt? Come and learn how to enhance the flavor of your food without any added sodium.
- Sweeteners: Do you have a sweet tooth? Discover how to curb it with acceptable alternatives.
- Tofu & Soy Products: Need some added protein in your diet? Try learning what soy has to offer.
- Sprouted Grains, Nuts and Seeds: This workshop demonstrates the benefits of sprouting the grains, nuts and seeds in your diet.
- Raw Milk: Raw deal or Real Deal? Discover why our ancestors drank it straight from the cow.
- Vegetarianism: Want to learn more to make a good decision about a meatless diet? Come learn about the pros and cons of vegetarianism.
Pampering Day: Come and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Quiet Creek. You can treat yourself or a loved one to an herbal facial, organic meal, and luxurious walk in nature. Class Fee: $85
Bat Habits & Habitats: Learn how to build a bat house (a masterpiece you will take home) and discover why these winged mammals are so important to your health and our ecosystem. Class Fee: $50
Come walk through the woods of Quiet and discover the fabulous fungi. Some are delicious others dangerous. All are safe to examine and appreciate. Class Fee: $50
Holistic Health Retreat
Come and experience the healing aspects of holistic movement by joining us in herbal facial, nutrition and/or yoga classes. Learn about whole foods while dining on an organic luncheon. Class Fee: $85
Birdhouse Gourd Crafting
Rusty Orner from Quiet Creek Herb Farm will share with you the techniques to grow, carve, design and decorate gourds that make beautiful houses for our fine-feathered friends. Class Fee: $50
Gourd Bowl Crafting
Rusty Orner from Quiet Creek Herb Farm will share with you the techniques to grow, carve, design and decorate gourds that make beautiful bowls and more. Class Fee: $50
Bent-Wood Trellis Building Learn how to bend and twist fresh cut saplings into a beautiful, artistic design that you uniquely create. Herbal refreshments will be served. Bring a pair of pruning nippers, gloves, and a kneeling pad. Class fee: $50 June - September
Medicinal Use of Herbs
Learn how to make infusions, capsules, syrups, salves, poultices, and oils with common herbs and weeds. Take
home your creations and a more healthful way of life. Herbal refreshments are included. Class Fee: $125 Luncheon and all materials provided.
Here is the bargain class of the year! Class includes tons of plants (medicinal and culinary herbs,
ornamental flowers and more!) that you will go home with while obtaining the knowledge of how to propagate plants from seeds, cuttings, root layerings, and bulbs. Class Fee: $80 May - June
Whole Grain Bread Making
Don't miss attending the Whole Grain Bread Making and Herbal Butter Making Class. Learn the secrets of adding nutritional bread into your family's diet. You will go home with recipes, knowledge, bread, and butter. Come and enjoy! Class Fee: $50
Come visit us and attend the Herbal Paper Making & Collage Class. Here you will learn how to make herbal paper from recycled paper, herbs, and flowers. You will create note cards, wedding announcements, and/or artistic collages for wall hangings. Take home your creations and enjoy a relaxing morning or afternoon. Class Fee: $50
Holiday Wreath Making
Quiet Creek will be hosting Holiday Wreath classes. The class fee is $50 and you will go home with a creation to decorate your home with fresh evergreen aroma and beauty worth $50.
Renewable Energy Workshop
Tour Quiet Creek’s wind and solar electrical generation system, sponsored by the PA Department of Environmental Protection. You will be invited see the generated wattage over time, the amount of greenhouse gases saved, and balance of systems.
$50; ~2 hour class
Have a Healthy Garden
Take a tour of Quiet Creek's high tunnels and raised beds while discussing topics such as the soil food web, the use of worm castings, integrated pest management, water conservation, replenishing nutrients and the harm of using pesticides and herbicides. Enjoy a healthy snack from the garden.
-$15 June - October; ~1.5 hour class
Grafting and Pruning Apple Trees
Grafting and Pruning apple Trees. Multiply your existing orchard by grafting new varieties! Learn methods including tongue & whip, as well as cleft grafting. Also learn pruning techniques for “optimal” fruit production and tree health. Students take home knowledge and scion woods. Bring to class: leather gloves, sharp knife, pruners, and scion wood to share. This class is given in early-mid spring before the apple trees bud.
Sustainable Movie Night
Need a thought provoking movie to inspire you and to take action. Come to Quiet Creek and enjoy the community of activities 8-11 p.m. Rent the pavilion for $50 per hour for your select group.
Explore the joy of playing in the mud. Come join us for our current project. This workshop will include an overview of straw bale construction from below the ground to final plaster, a tour of the yurt with the earthen floor and bottle brick wall, earthen benches, as well as earthen oven construction and firing. Be prepared to be inspired.
-$100 full day(~6 hrs) with Herbal Luncheon
Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation Intensive Homesteaders are always looking for products that will help diversify their offerings, increase their profitability, and expand their seasons. Cultivated mushrooms offer an excellent economic opportunity that can complement the production season on many farms. Discover the key concepts of growing, harvesting, preserving, cooking, and medicating with Shiitake, Oyster, Nameko, Wine cap, Lion's mane, Comb tooth and Maitake mushrooms at this full-day intensive class with several experts in mushroom production.$125 includes logs, luncheon and more!
Edible Flower Propagation
The class includes learning how to propagate plants such as pansies, calendula, nasturtiums, borage and more. These annuals will grow into medicinal, ornamental, and culinary herbs that you can sell and/or enjoy for your business or pleasure. Rusty and Claire, having 20 years of experience at Quiet Creek, will lead you in this hands-on class, teaching you how to most the most of edible flowers. Cost analysis (retail and wholesale) will be outlined for your financial decision making. You will go home with a variety of plants and your newfound knowledge to sustain your herbs for a lifetime. Cost TBD
Contra Dance & Potluck Dinner:
Kick up your heals and enjoy an old-fashion contra dance and potluck meal. Bring two dishes to share and a donation for the band and caller. Table service and beverages will be provided. For all ages, no prior contra dancing necessary (lessons given throughout the evening). Free, although please donate for caller, if possible.
Recruiting Quiet Creek's Stewards
You found your dream farm, and everything is already set up! The current owners are looking to transition to global service, and they want YOU to take over the operation. Sounds too good to be true, right? Believe it or not, there are many established farms out there without successors lined up, and one of them might be the perfect fit for you. But before you go jumping into an established business, you need to know the realities of what it means to run a business that has already been in operation for years, even decades. Besides the steep learning curve and the heightened expectations of your customer base, not to mention those of the retiring owner, there will be inevitable growing pains as you mold the farm to your own vision. But, for those willing to dive in, get dirty and LEARN, the rewards can be great. It’s no less difficult a path than starting from scratch, but if handled well, transitioning can be an incredible growth opportunity for the fledgling farmer, as many retiring owners are willing and able to provide a treasure trove of experience and advice.
Solar Installation 5-Day Intensive Workshop: This PV course is designed for beginners, so experience with electric or electronics is not necessary. In this class you will gain practical real world hands-on experience and will be job ready to join one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. You will practice on a working PV system, dismantling and reinstalling it, troubleshooting and ensuring its proper operation. You will learn how to integrate battery backup as well as become familiar with the latest emerging PV technologies. You will also learn the various options - such as grid-tied, stand-alone, micro-inverters and power optimizers. The course concludes with an industry-recognized certification examination.
The $970 Registration Includes: instruction, lunches, textbook (‘Understanding Photovoltaics: A Study Guide for Solar Electric Certification Programs’); starter tool kit; lunches; and the ETA Photovoltaic Installer certification exam. The last day is optional; we will be installing a solar system onsite.
If interested, you are welcome to lodge and enjoy breakfast and dinner with us. Cost: $175 which includes five dinners (Mon-Fri) and five breakfasts (Tues-Sat), and five nights of creative lodging (Monday-Friday). Attention: This workshop is limited to 10 students, so sign up early.
Hi Tunnel Production Class -- learn how to grow, irrigate and harvest in your hi tunnel. Cost $50
Volunteering Service Project Opportunities (learning how to prune trees, raspberries, blueberries, harvest organic produce, earthen building, mushroom cultivation and more available year-round at Quiet Creek email interests and dates/times: firstname.lastname@example.org
Claire and Rusty Orner
Quiet Creek Herb Farm
93 Quiet Creek Lane
Brookville, PA 15825